Darice Sumi 11-Piece Set

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Interested in exploring the world of Japanese Sumi Painting and Calligraphy? Here is a reasonably priced 11-piece Sumi set to get you started. Set includes a grinding stone, 4 sumi-e brushes, ceramic brush stand, black sumi-e ink, ink bowl, small spoon, soapstone seal and red seal ink. All stored in a special fan shaped silk accented box. In Sumi painting the ink is prepared by grinding solid ink with a grinding stone. The ink is then mixed in water and applied with a bamboo brush. All you need to add is water, time and practice. A nice gift idea for the watercolor artist or calligrapher.11-Piece traditional Japanese Sumi paint set in an elegant silk case
Includes ink stick, grinding stone, 4 brushes, stand, ink bowl, ink, soapstone seal and red seal ink
All you need to add is water, time and practice
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Is Running A Painting Business Seasonal?


I was just eavesdropping in on someone’s conversation this morning who just started their own painting business but complains that it is a bit slow. Someone else remarked saying that “they didn’t want to burst their bubble but painting is seasonal”.

Well, I WOULD like to burst that guy’s bubble and say, “No, painting is not seasonal. Only the type of painting you do can be classified as seasonal”. Yes, EXTERIOR painting is seasonal from spring until fall unless of course you live in a warmer climate.

But other types of painting like faux painting, mural painting, interior painting for residential, commercial and industrial are year round markets you can stay busy in.

As a matter of fact, when I first started my painting business, it was in the early fall. I found residential work all the way through the winter – even the toughest part, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not too bad I guess for my first year starting out.

Look at it this way, if running a painting business was seasonal then all painting companies (big, medium-size and smaller ones) would only be able to work half the year. Paint stores might as well shut down for the winter as well. Even window washing isn’t seasonal no matter how cold it gets.

If you don’t want to do interior painting and just want to be an exterior house painter then yeah, it’s seasonal. You just need to find a winter service like snow plowing or something. But if you want work all year long there is plenty of it.

If you are serious about operating a successful, painting business that stays busy year round, you are going to need to know how to run the business end of it successfully as well as the painting end. Having a business partner for this could be an advantage for you.

Two important secrets to running a successful painting business are advertising and doing accurate estimates. Get these two things right and the rest of it pretty much falls in place.

Some companies focus more on doing commercial and industrial painting and some specialize more in the residential and smaller commercial painting markets.

Once you decide if you are going to want or need a reliable business partner, employees and which painting markets you want to capture, you can then focus on your marketing better.

I read about one large painting contractor in the Chicago area that decided to focus on the commercial and industrial painting markets. He found out quickly that these two markets have deep pockets.

Of course with this type of painting you will have to buy some serious painting equipment. And you will need an experienced crew that is used to commercial and industrial painting.

Is this type of painting seasonal? They might slow a down a bit during the winter but then again there is plenty of large interior projects all year round. If anything were seasonable about the painting trade it would only be because of exterior painting in colder climates, not staying busy or the money.

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The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax

The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax

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Encaustic is a waxed-based painting medium characterized by luminous color and a lush surface. It’s an ancient art, dating as far back as Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, and today is enjoying a revival.

Here is the first comprehensive guide available on mastering this beautiful yet demanding medium. In The Art of Encaustic Painting, readers will learn surefire ways to achieve vibrant color and create surfaces that look as light as a wash or as densely textured as impasto. They will see how to produce effects from abstract to figurative to minimal. Finally, they will discover dozens of clear, step-by-step directions detailing how to use these various encaustic techniques in their own art.

This remarkable reference also includes 200 attractive full-color photographs of the author’s own work, as well as stunning examples by such premier encaustic artists as Jasper Johns, Arthur Dove, and Nancy Graves.Watson-Guptill Publications



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How To Select Lottery Numbers Based On The Fibonacci Sequence


The fibonacci sequence has fascinated mathematicians for many years. Let’s take a look at how these numbers might impact on lottery applications.

The sequence is simply a group of numbers where each number is the sum of the previous two.

1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 

What is of interest is that the ratio of any two numbers approaches the “golden number” of 1.6180 which appears in nature from the Egyptian pyramids through to the petals on many flower species. The higher the number, the closer the ratio is to 1.6180.

Lotto And The Fibonacci Theory

At first glance the sequence doesn’t appear to give us any help with Lotto selections.

There are too many numbers in the first decile and few even numbers.

Where the numbers might be helpful is using the series to make selections from generated combinations.

Lotto Combinations And Fibonacci Applications

Whatever selection system you use, the number of possible combinations is likely to be large.

For example, a lotto calculator would generate 924 combinations for just 12 unique numbers.

That would be too many lines for an individual player, but you could use the fibonacci sequence to work out which lines to choose.

The elegance of the series is that you can start with any two numbers and create your own sequence.

So you could begin with lines 5,10 and then continue the series:

5 10 15 25 40 65 105 etc.

You could then select lines from the combinations generated based on the fibonacci numbers. For example you might select lines 5,10,15 and so on.

Depending on your starting point that might reduce the number of lines to less than 15, a more manageable number for an individual lotto player.

Filtering The Lotto Combinations And Optimizing Fibonacci Numbers

Players could filter the combinations to remove unlikely patterns making the fibonacci selections even more optimal.

Another option might be to use a random number generator to create the starting point for the series, or even to have range of different sequences to experiment with.

The idea is to use the sequence to create your own selection system which you then refine and experiment with.

Summary

This article has introduced the concept of applying a proven mathematical theory to lottery selections. The fibonacci sequence may be an example of the balance between a seemingly random event and implementing professional methodology to achieve an outcome.

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huichol art inspired coloring book fun activity for the family for adults for children in JAPANESE by artist Grace Divine (Japanese Edition)

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huichol art inspired coloring book fun activity for the family for adults for children in JAPANESE by artist Grace Divine



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Royal and Langnickel Pink Art Acrylic Painting Artist Set for Beginners, Pink

Royal and Langnickel Pink Art Acrylic Painting Artist Set for Beginners, Pink

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The beginner art sets have everything you need to start creating what you have always dreamed. This set includes a how to guide with step-by-step instructions, teaching you how to apply your new found skills. Once you have established the basics, let your creativity flow. Set includes 10 acrylic paint tubes (12-ml), 6 natural hair brushes (round 1, 4, 7, flat 2, 5, 8), 1 graphite pencil, 1 eraser, 1 sharpener, 1 six-well palette, 1 palette knife, 1 acrylic pad (5-inch by 7-inch), 1 watercolor beginner guide and 1 pink storage box measuring 13-inch by 6-1/4-inch by 2-inch. Imported.Artist sets by royal and langnickel are great for any level artist, regardless of age or experience
Art set features all the essential tools to start experimenting and painting, all supplies are stored in a convenient wooden storage box with handle for ease of use, travel and storage
Includes 10 acrylic paint tubes, 1 eraser, 1 double pencil sharpener, 1 six-well plastic palette, 1 plastic palette knife, 1 drawing pencil, 6 brushes, 2 canvas boards and one beginners painter guide
Wood box measures 13-inch by 6-1/4-inch by 2-inch
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Oil Painting Art – The Advantages and Disadvantages


Oil painting has been around for hundreds of years. In fact, the thirteenth century has brought us some oil painting art from England. This is where they used oil paintings for decoration. However, during those early years, many of the artists liked using paints that are known as tempera, instead of using oil paints. This is because tempera would dry faster than the oil paint. During the fifteenth century, certain artists came up with the idea of taking tempera and mixing it in with the oil paint. It was not until the seventeenth century that the pure oil paint became more popular. Below, we are going to discuss this topic even more.

If you are in touch with your artistic side, then we are sure you are in this type of art. Oil painting has a tendency to slowly dry. In fact, it dries slower than any other paint out there. This is because it is made from small particles of pigments.

Some of the artists out there may find it troublesome to wait for the painting to dry, but when taking a class, you will find that the artists believe this type of art should be taught to every student. This has a lot to do with the fact that there are many oil paint reproductions developed using these type of paints.

When it comes to this type of painting, there are more advantages than there are disadvantages. You see, if you forget about your paints and you leave them open, then they are not going to dry out as fast as the other paints.

Since it takes longer for them to dry out, the paint in the tube is not going to dry out if you leave it open. In fact, it could take up to a couple of weeks for it to dry.

This also makes it easy for an artist to leave their picture and come back at different sessions without fearing the painting is going to dry up too early. Of course, for many, this may be viewed as a disadvantage because the slow drying could make it difficult for them to go to the next stage of their project.

These type of paints are great when it comes to blending with the paint that is surrounding it. When you blend it on canvas, you will be creating unique strokes that are not possible with any other type of paint. Of course, to some, this advantage could also be viewed as a disadvantage. It is possible to blend colors that one did not intend to blend.

Have you taken a look at all of the oil painting art that is out there today? We’re not just talking about the pictures that are hanging in the museum. We are talking about the type is for sale. There are many websites on the Internet that have a large variety of pictures for sale. Some of them are from private artists, while others are from famous artists. Oil paintings would look great hanging on your wall.

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The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art

The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art

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Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic Sebastian Smee tells the fascinating story of four pairs of artists—Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon—whose fraught, competitive friendships spurred them to new creative heights.

Rivalry is at the heart of some of the most famous and fruitful relationships in history. The Art of Rivalry follows eight celebrated artists, each linked to a counterpart by friendship, admiration, envy, and ambition. All eight are household names today. But to achieve what they did, each needed the influence of a contemporary—one who was equally ambitious but possessed sharply contrasting strengths and weaknesses.

Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas were close associates whose personal bond frayed after Degas painted a portrait of Manet and his wife. Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso swapped paintings, ideas, and influences as they jostled for the support of collectors like Leo and Gertrude Stein and vied for the leadership of a new avant-garde. Jackson Pollock’s uninhibited style of “action painting” triggered a breakthrough in the work of his older rival, Willem de Kooning. After Pollock’s sudden death in a car crash, de Kooning assumed Pollock’s mantle and became romantically involved with his late friend’s mistress. Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon met in the early 1950s, when Bacon was being hailed as Britain’s most exciting new painter and Freud was working in relative obscurity. Their intense but asymmetrical friendship came to a head when Freud painted a portrait of Bacon, which was later stolen.

Each of these relationships culminated in an early flashpoint, a rupture in a budding intimacy that was both a betrayal and a trigger for great innovation. Writing with the same exuberant wit and psychological insight that earned him a Pulitzer Prize for art criticism, Sebastian Smee explores here the way that coming into one’s own as an artist—finding one’s voice—almost always involves willfully breaking away from some intimate’s expectations of who you are or ought to be.

Praise for The Art of Rivalry

“Gripping . . . Mr. Smee’s skills as a critic are evident throughout. He is persuasive and vivid. . . . You leave this book both nourished and hungry for more about the art, its creators and patrons, and the relationships that seed the ground for moments spent at the canvas.”The New York Times

“With novella-like detail and incisiveness [Sebastian Smee] opens up the worlds of four pairs of renowned artists. . . . Each of his portraits is a biographical gem. . . . The Art of Rivalry is a pure, informative delight, written with canny authority.”The Boston Globe

“Bacon liked to say his portraiture aimed to capture ‘the pulsations of a person.’ Revealing these rare creators as the invaluable catalysts they also were, Smee conveys exactly that on page after page. . . . His brilliant group biography is one of a kind.”—The Atlantic

“Perceptive . . . Smee is onto something important. His book may bring us as close as we’ll ever get to understanding the connections between these bristly bonds and brilliance.”The Christian Science Monitor

“In this intriguing work of art history and psychology, The Boston Globe’s art critic looks at the competitive friendships of Matisse and Picasso, Manet and Degas, Pollock and de Kooning, and Freud and Bacon. All four relationships illuminate the creative process—both its imaginative breakthroughs and its frustrating blocks.”Newsday

From the Hardcover edition.



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His Most Famous Painting (The Sleeping Gypsy) – Henri Rousseau


French ‘Post-Impressionist’ ‘Naive’ or ‘Primitive’ artist Henri Julien Félix Rousseau or Henri Rousseau was born to a plumber in Laval, in 1844. He showed great interest in music and drawing as a child and won many prizes in school too. Initially, he worked as a lawyer, enrolling later into the army during 1863-1867. Henri Rousseau moved to Paris in the year 1868 to look after and support his mother, as his father died untimely. He worked as a Government employee and rose to the post of a tax collector in the year 1871. Though, Henri Rousseau had a passion for painting, he took it up seriously only in his early forties. At the age of 49, he took up art as a profession and retired from his job. He was a self-taught genius painter, whose skillful, imaginative, and talented work still shines through his paintings, including “The Sleeping Gypsy,” and is lauded by the world, until date.

Rousseau was a great painter and his most famous paintings, including “The Sleeping Gypsy,” depict jungle scenes. Interestingly enough, the artist had never encountered anything ‘wild’ in his life. During army service, he had met soldiers and had heard stories about the subtropical countries and the animals there. This gave him enough food for his thoughts. Henri Rousseau paintings seemed flat and childish to many people who could not understand his talent, creating many critics, who ridiculed his work endlessly. Several established artists too did not like Henri’s unique style of work and considered it ‘untutored.’ Undeterred, the artist stuck to his naive and childish painting style, full of flat figures, free imagination, and ‘Realism.’ He started exhibiting his work and the number of his ardent followers, especially ‘the would be’ ‘Cubists,’ increased.

Rousseau’s most famous painting, “The Sleeping Gypsy (La Bohemienne endormie),” an oil on canvass work, created in 1897, fetched him a lot of international fame. In this Landscape Painting with ‘Impressionist’ touch, the painter portrayed a wandering woman (a Negress) music artist in deep sleep, in a moonlit bare desert, with a composed lion musing over her. It seems that the lions gaze is transfixed over the sleeping woman, dressed in Oriental costume. A mandolin player and a water jug, the only obvious possessions of the woman, are shown kept next to her.

The subject and the objects in “The Sleeping Gypsy” are sharply contoured with balanced rhythmic lines and curves. The lion’s man and the pattern on the gypsy’s dress have been done with meticulous precision. Crystalline hues grace the painting, imparting a perfect lighting effect. Measuring 51″ x 6′ 7″, “The Sleeping Gypsy” is an icon in the ‘Modern Art’ forms. This painting has inspired the field of music and poetry as well. Many artists created a replica of the painting, as tribute to Henri Rousseau, replacing the lion with some other animal.

Henri Rousseau exhibited “The Sleeping Gypsy” at the thirteenth ‘Salon des Indépendants’ and tried selling it to the mayor of Laval, but in vain. It finally got entry into the private collection of a Parisian merchant and was there until 1924. Simon Guggenheim bought it and gave it to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States, where it is presently displayed, in the year 1939. Henri Rousseau moved to a studio in Montparnasse in the year 1893 and worked there until 1910, the year of his death.

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Wieco Art African Dancers Abstract Oil Paintings on Canvas Modern Canvas Wall Art Contemporary Artwork for Wall Decorations Home Decor

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High quality 100% hand-painted oil art painting on canvas provided by Wieco Art. Our painter of world-class artisans painstakingly reproduces all of our paintings by hand, using only the quality oil paints on canvas. We stand by our top quality and strive to provide your favorite paintings as original paintings nature of the artwork. The edges of every canvas paintings are painted and the surface is covered with clear plastic film layer to protect the wall paintings. Canvas painting are wrapped and hand stretched on durable wooden frame with hooks mounted on each panel for easy hanging out of box. Redefine your living style now with this unique and elegant piece of art paintings created by professional artist from Wieco Art.High quality 100% Hand-painted oil paintings on canvas painted by our professional artists with years of oil painting experience. A great gift idea for your relatives and friends.
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